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Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month 

September 15- October 15, 2020 is Hispanic Heritage Month. This year to celebrate we are looking back at past exhibitions at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery to highlight Hispanic and Latinx artists who have been  featured at the gallery. The following artists were on view at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery (then the University Art Gallery) in “New Traditions: Thirteen Hispanic Photographers," November 16-December18, 1991, a traveling exhibition organized by the New York State Museum.

Check back each week for a new featured artist. 

 

Geno Rodriguez

Geno Rodriguez, “ Poseiden/Poseidon, 1984, Cibachrome photograph

Geno Rodriguez, “ Poseiden/Poseidon, 1984, Cibachrome photograph

Geno Rodriguez, “Saint Sebastion/San Sebastián”, 1984. Cibachrome photograph

Geno Rodriguez, “Saint Sebastion/San Sebastián”, 1984. Cibachrome photograph  


"Throughout recorded history, artists have addressed themselves to issues of belief and morality. They have also reflected the innermost hopes and fears of the society in which they lived. In these updated versions of religious allegories and classical myths by Geno Rodriguez, we are presented with images and gods for the late twentieth century. 

However seriously we may be tempted to take these photographs and the emotions they elicit; we must also acknowledge their tragicomic elements. Rodriguez does not ask us to lose ourselves in the power and grandeur of his images and character, but instead asks us to questions and perhaps reassess the values and ideals offered by them, both in an earlier time and today. 

A través de la historia, los artistas han tratado temas relacionados con la fe y la moral. También han reflejado las más íntimas esperanzas y temores de la sociedad en la cual vivieron. En estas nuevas versiones de alegorías religiosas y mitos clásicos de Geno Rodríguez, nos enfrentamos a imágenes y divinidades de las postrimerías del Siglo Veinte. 

A riesgo de estar tentados a no tomar estas estas fotos y las emociones que ellas despiertan demasiado en serio, hay que reconocer también sus elementos tragicómicos. Rodriguez no nos pide que nos perdamos en el poder y gigantismo de sus imágenes y protagonistas; por el contrario, nos estimula a cuestionar-y quizás reevaluar- los valores e ideales que nos ofrecieron, en el pasado como ahora."

Excerpt on Geno Rodriguez’s work from NEW TRADITIONS: Thirteen Hispanic Artists by Robert Phelan.

 

Marga Clark

This week for Hispanic/Latinx Heritage month we’re featuring Marga Clark. 

In the work of Marga Clark we are confronted with a series of triptychs which appear, initially, to address only one formal visual issue. This issue seems to be: What happens to a complex geometric image, in color, when the artist reduces and then removes that element of color?

While this is their appearance on the most superficial level, in fact, these triptychs pose important questions about both time and sequential movement. They focus on that moment of perception when a visual image crystallizes in the mind of the viewer. Motion and time will begin again, but for one brief instant, all movement has stopped and the image is held in suspension. 

En la obra de Marga Clark nos enfrentamos a una serie de trípticos que, en principio, parecen solo enfocar un tema visual formal que parece consistir en ver lo que pasa a una compleja imagen geométrica en color, si el artista primero reduce y luego, elimina el elemento coloristico. 

Mientras esta es su apariencia a su nivel más superficial, de hecho estos tripticos plantean importantes dilemas tanto sobre el tiempo como sobre el movimiento secuencial. Ellos enfocan aquel momento de la percepción en que una imagen visual se cristaliza en la mente del espectador. Movimiento y tiempo se reiniciaran de nuevo, pero por un instante fugaz, todo movimiento se ha detenido y la imagen se mantiene suspendida. 

Excerpt on Marga Clark’s work from NEW TRADITIONS: Thirteen Hispanic Artists by Robert Phelan.

On view at the Zuccaire Gallery during the exhibition “New Traditions: Thirteen Hispanic Photographers’. November 16-December18, 1991

Marga Clark, “Blue Nature Tripyick/Naturaleza Azul Triptico”, 1985. Cibachrome photograph, Color xerox, kodalith

Marga Clark, “Blue Nature Tripyick/Naturaleza Azul Triptico”, 1985. Cibachrome photograph, Color xerox, kodalith

Marga Clark, “Casetas Triptych/Triptico”, 1985, Cibachrome photograph, Color xerox, kodalith

Marga Clark, “Casetas Triptych/Triptico”, 1985, Cibachrome photograph, Color xerox, kodalith

 

 

New Traditions: Thirteen Hispanic Photographers

Robert J. Phelan with an essay by Ricardo Pau-Llosa
Published by the New York State Museum Education Department
Albany, New York
Copyright 1986 New York State Museum/State Education Department